Climate Futures SFI proposal submitted

Repairs in Odda following the flooding in October 2014 (Erik Kolstad)

On 25 September 2019, we submitted a proposal for a new Centre for Research-Based Innovation. With six research partners and nearly 30 user partners, the centre will launch in late 2020 if it receives a grant from the Research Council of Norway.

Our aim is to better tackle one of the most urgent challenges of our time, namely that the changing nature of weather and climate poses a severe threat to the prosperity and well-being of our economy and society as a whole, but climate risk is inadequately managed due to knowledge gaps and deficiencies in the decision-making processes of businesses and public authorities.

We will address this critical challenge by working with a large group of partners to co-develop better methods and practices for climate risk management.The main objective of the centre will be to co-produce new and innovative solutions for predicting and managing climate risks from 10 days to 10 years into the future with a cluster of partners in climate- and weather-sensitive sectors.

The breadth and commitment of our consortium testify to an indisputable need for a large and cross-sectoral centre for addressing climate risks. It unites world-leading weather and climate scientists, economists and statisticians with industrial sectors – food production, energy, shipping, insurance, management consulting and risk management – and public authorities in all parts of Norway. Together, we will expand established collaborations and ongoing initiatives to create an active industry-oriented research cluster.